The following resources should help you
with computer, internet and
health related security problems.
I’ve been online since 1991 and can tell you the net was never built with security in mind. Things were great back then: people were nice, the atmosphere was kind and folks were pursing knowledge and the potential of the net to make knowledge free in the world. This was a grand and noble experiment until commerce was allowed online around 1994 when security became an issue.
There is no such thing as internet or computer security.
Nothing is “secure” online.
Everything can be hacked.
SECURITY: We now know that states have superseded hackers as the internet’s apex predator!
Definition of Security – “The Person In Charge Of Being The House Illusionist”
“Like all rights and privileges, security is about power. Who gets it, who doles it out and what interests it protects.
More than 50% of all businesses were hacked last year.
There are several ways your computer and websites will compromise your security.
Every computer in the world is insecure thanks to the intel chip that caused the Meltdown and spectre vulnerability.
#microsoft issues out-of-band fix for #intel’s broken #spectre patch. second unscheduled update of the month for redmond #cybersecurity #infosec
Microsoft has been forced to issue an out-of-band patch to fix problems caused by a buggy Intel update for one of the Spectre vulnerabilities disclosed
Chip makers confess that every computer in the world is at cyber risk!
MELTDOWN and SPECTRE U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer.
I for sure, definitely know all about bitcoins
Bitconnect Class Action Suit Filed Today.1/29/18
If we put court filings on a
#blockchain can we smart contract ICO lawsuits to begin right after the crowdsale? Payouts are automatic, so we can go from start to finish in just a few blocks. @blockchain
How not to be a victim
The most effective way to not get robbed is obfuscation: Do not let others know you have that much money. Applies to both crypto and traditional wealth. If you don’t obfuscate, even being Li Ka-Shing’s son won’t protect you.
IOT The Internet of Things is really the internet of shit!
What your gps gadgets are beaming about you!
Strava heat map forces all to look at risks of big data analytics. It goes well beyond fitness trackers. Security and OPSEC need to be considered in our new reality. “It’s really clear that that heat map is a security risk.”
EMAIL: Please learn to use the BCC field. Never paste all your friends email addresses into the TO: ___________ FIELDonly 1 person goes there
put all the rest – 3oo or however many other people you are spamming in the
BCC: _____________ Field
Like this so that it doesn’t go into everybody elses’ contact list which protects everyone from getting spamedBCC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, xxx@hotmail, email@example.com
IF YOU ARE STILL HAVE AN ACCOUNT WITH ONE OF THOSE GET THE HELL OFF
HISTORY OF COMPUTERS AND HOW THEY CHANGED THE WORLD.
Privacy is a necessary condition to save your life!
How Together Bush, Hitler & Watson @IBM Computers Changed the World
Privacy is autonomy!
Privacy is liberty!
Privacy is a necessary condition to save your life! VS. SURVEILLANCE
also see THE INTERNET AND THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET
How to erase your online history
PRIVACY MISTAKES MADE WHEN USING SOCIAL NETWORKS
Remember they own the land and you are the serf. They make money off of you posting content about yourself that they track and sell to advertisers. There is nothing good there for you or your kids or grandkids.
MEDIA LITERACY and the Trust Deficit: A lack of trust for business and government is “contagious” and spreading to other sectors.
So many people visited fact-checking website PolitiFact during the State of the Union, it crashed halfway through the speech because so many people were checking for the truth.
PolitiFact is a nonpartisan website run by reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, and going into the State of the Union, they fact-checked Trump 498 times, finding that only 4 percent of those statements were “true,” 33 percent were “false,” and 15 percent were “pants on fire.” When its servers crashed about 40 minutes into the State of the Union, PolitiFact kept going, just on Twitter. The site was only down about six minutes, and made it through the rest of the speech unscathed. Catherine Garcia
PROTECT DEMOCRACY FROM FAKE NEWS
We have is how to protect Democracy from Fake News. The most powerfuL social media companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google made <yuge> money displaying Fake News advertising that changed the outcome of the election.
The DNC’s New Chief Security Officer Bob Lord —a brand new position, created after they were hacked by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. Lord was responsible for detecting two massive data breaches [ OVER 3 BILLION ] that occurred prior to his arrival at Yahoo, and worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track down those responsible.
PROTECT THE NATION’S SCHOOLS FROM PRIVATIZATION – A MAJOR SOCIAL JUSTICE CONCERN
OLD SCHOOL IS STILL THE GREATEST TECHNOLOGY OF ALL HAM RADIOS STILL WORK IN ANY DISASTER !!!
Have you been pwned?
Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.
Identity Theft Recovery Steps
Thanks to Equifax Data Breach: what exactly can you do?
Your tax return might get hacked: thanks to the Equifax Breach Fallout
Find out just how easy it is to get your SSN
must register to look through this one Social Security Death Master File, free, sorted by birthday and by number. Dick Eastman runs this privately owned geneology website using a purchased copy of the Social Security Death Master File.
At 65 you are asked to interact with the government to set up your SSN & medicare accounts. My advice is DO NOT to do this online, but go down to their building and get it done there. Their computers are hardwired into the database. They aren’t going on the internet !!!! What’s good for the goose …..
Your own computer / web browser may not be secure enough to stop bots from seizing the info you are typing into the gov’t secure website and it all can be stolen.
Make sure you take care of deleting all that personal information about you that is in the all the public databases.
Start with https://www.spokeo.com/ – Get a free encrypted email from https://tutanota.com/ and use it for this purpose.
When done delete the account. You can always get another one again.People can and do buy this information and use it to get your SSN check before you do unless you have already signed up.
Remove Yourself from All Background Check Web Sites: A Master List
— A friend of mine got the letter from the gov’t telling him to register on line to have his SS check sent. He turned 70 and that is the law. He tried to use the website to complete the job but go too frustrated. It is a lousy user experience so he just blew it off. He never went to the office to get the job done either. Long story short: someone (or a bot) goes into a public database and sees he is 70 and for 10.oo buys all the info you need to file for his SSN account and gets his money AND then the gov’t sends a letter he reads asking how happy he must be now that he’s got a years worth of SS$ in his pocket. Only thing is he never got it and reports that so NOW he HAS TO GO IN to the office to file to get them to send him the money (we the tax payer just eats it) and by the time the paperwork goes through a totally different check for the next year was already sent to a different thief. !!! AGAIN
SO>>> DO NOT THINK YOU ARE ANY DIFFERENT!
>>> THIS CAN AND WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY!!!!!!
Ho to Remove yourself from the net.
How to Prepare for the future of digital extortion.
Digital extortion has evolved into the most successful criminal business model in the current threat landscape, and Trend Micro researchers predict that it will continue to grow rampant because it’s cheap, easy to commit, and many times the victims pay.
SECURITY AND YOUR HEALTH
Do you want every Insurance Company to know all your previous conditions before you even think to go to one of them for a quote?
There is no such thing as internet or computer security. Nothing is “secure” online. Everything can be hacked.
Don’t give your Doctor’s office or Hosptial your driver’s license to be scanned. They can’t be trusted to guard your information from identity fraudsters who get access. If they choose not to treat you without surrending this information just leave and go somewhere else.
Want to know your DNA? Do NOT use 23&me
ClassAction.org is a group of online professionals who are committed to exposing corporate wrongdoing and giving consumers the tools they need to fight back. We’ve been reporting on the legal space for nearly a decade and have built relationships with class action and mass tort attorneys across the country.
Medical Marijuana is legal in PA
If you want to buy anything for pain that is made from the CBDs in Cannibus that is legal in any state in America and can be bought online.
#1 register for program medicalmarijuana.pa.gov
#2 get physician’s cert that you suffer from one of the 17 conditions
#3 complete registration by paying for the medical marijuana ID card
#4 visit dispensary
You should create your patient profile before obtaining a patient certification. However, to complete registration you will need a patient certification from an approved practitioner. Bring proof of Pennsylvania residency in the form of a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a Pennsylvania state issued identification card with their current address. The fee for the card is $50.
Individuals providing evidence that they participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card:
Medicaid, PACE/ PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC.
Keystone Dispensaries 420 West Lancaster Ave Devon
ChesterGrassroots Cannabis 130 South State Rd. Upper Darby
Deleware Ilera Healthcare 420 Plymouth Rd Plymouth Meeting
David Tabby DO – Neurology 301 East City Ave suite 325 Bala Cynwyd
Sara Tabby MD – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitatioin 555 East City Ave, Suite 400 Bala Cynwyd
Mark Avart DO2 Bala Plaza Suite IL-1 Bala Cynwyd
The Act defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Autism.Cancer. Crohn’s Disease. Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity. Epilepsy.Glaucoma.HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Huntington’s Disease.Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Intractable Seizures. Multiple Sclerosis. Neuropathies.Parkinson’s Disease. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. Sickle Cell Anemia.
Medical Device Security
Always guard yourself in the hospital from any machine connected to the internet / intranet and you.
Think to ask if they have had all the programs updated and asked if the hospital equipment was hacked.
This goes for anything they put into your body during surgery that is connected also like heart stuff.
*1) Ask your manufacturers if they have a disclosure policy when **a vulnerability is found.
Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
FDA outlines cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers
New draft guidance addresses postmarket management of cybersecurity vulnerabilities
RIP Medical Debt is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity established in 2014 to locate, purchase and forgive unpaid and unpayable medical debt. Funded by small and large donations from people and organizations, RIP buys medical debt and then abolishes it.
RIP was founded to abolish medical debt for anyone in America, strangers helping strangers. We then began to forgive medical debt for veterans. As funding allows, we are evolving a capacity to forgive medical debt for communities, and eventually for individuals.
John Oliver live on HBO gave RIP $15 million in medical debt to forgive for 9,000 Americans! Watch the clip.
TV STATIONS JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO FORGIVE MEDICAL DEBT
- Are you struggling to pay your medical bills?
- Are debt collectors calling you day and night?
- Is keeping up with your medical bills putting a financial and emotional strain on you and your family?
- Are you taking on more credit card debt or seeking loans in order to pay your doctor or hospital bills?
- Do you avoid getting needed medical treatment because of unpaid medical debt?
- Is your credit rating being ruined by medical debt?
RIP might be able to help, IF…
Did you answer “yes” to any or all of the questions above? If RIP can somehow locate your debt in the database “portfolios” we access, and if we are able to buy that debt, then we might be able to help. Stringent financial standards must be met, and there is no guarantee a physician, hospital or other creditor will meet our terms for purchasing any debt we do locate.
Knowing the wait may be long and we can make no promises, if you think it’s worth a shot:
Register for Debt Forgiveness.
Overview of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Medicare Sign UP
Look into Long Term Health Care from a non profit! I do not have any relationship with Quaker Friends life Care 215-646-0720 in Bluebell PA
You do not need to be a Quaker to buy from them. Also see they provide certified nursing assistants or home care aides selected by your Care Coordinator based on your needs and preferences. Can provide members with care 24 hours a day in their own home. No claims to file or reimbursements to wait for. You have no waiting period to access care.
Find a Nursing Home you can pull up individual inspections and lists of detailed citations. If the nursing home is a non-profit, you can find the tax return for the “owner” on http://Citizen.org
Medications that you need but can’t find
MEDICAL BOARD RATINGS
Health-care providers and insurers have to agree on how much doctors will be reimbursed before doctors begin treating insurers’ clients. Those fees, which depend on the two parties’ relative clout.
Coverage Expansion, Accountable Care & More
A survey of the numbers, published in Health Affairs January 2017
Market Share Matters: Evidence Of Insurer And Provider Bargaining Over Prices
Who owns your medical records
In the past year, more than 100 million Americans have had their electronic medical records hacked from health systems. For example, this June, Banner Health in Phoenix had a breach of 3.7 million electronic medical records. Many hospitals throughout the country have been held hostage for their health information system by hackers and have had to pay ransom to regain control of their patients’ medical data.
Each one can be sold for $50. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was written 20 years ago, when medical records were kept on paper, and is not applicable to the contemporary digital era. Moreover, the pervasive selling of our medical data is unchecked, with no legal protection. The massive hacking of health system data has not resulted in any new legislation to date or enforcement via established laws.
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered,
and It Is Not What You Think the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.
Personalized medicine for brain health: From treating the illness to treating the individual
SURGEON SCORECARD analyzed nearly 17,000 surgeons and found wide variations in complication rates for some of the most routine elective procedures. Explore our database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.
What Experts Are Saying About Surgeon Scorecard
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
The Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD) national readmission rates for all payers and the uninsured.
VIOLATING HIPPA DATABASE
New ‘dashboard’ shows high cost of Medicare drugs
MEDICARE DRUG SPENDING DASHBOARD 2015 – needs flash to work
The new dashboard allows users to compare spending on 80 drugs that have cost Medicare significant amounts of money in 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which released the dashboard, says it is trying to increase transparency around drug prices amid rising scrutiny. CMS Drug Spending Dashboards Inquiries regarding this data can be sent to DrugList — Input@cms.hhs.gov
CMS Drug Spending
Medicare Provider Utilization & Payment Data
How Safe Is Your Hospital
Hospitals Fail Medicare Rankings
How does your hospital decide what they charge?
Best Hospitals “You need to pay attention to both cost and quality.”
The study Cross REFERENCE DOI link: The academic journal PLOS One, shows “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region.
The study did not disclose which hospitals had which results. Under the terms of the agreement to receive the data, the researchers agreed to keep the identities of the hospitals confidential.While factors like the health and income of a hospital’s patients contribute to its performance, Dr. Rosenberg emphasized that a large part is played by factors like the skill of the physicians and nurses, the culture at the hospital and how they chose to treat a given illness. “There is this other half of the story,” he said.Hospitals that treated a high volume of cases were generally more successful than those that treated a low volume, but there were exceptions, Dr. Rosenberg said.
*****five-star rating system for home health agencies
Social Security Disability Benefits
Hospital Billing Varies Wildly, Government Data Shows
A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945. In Saint Augustine, Fla., one hospital typically billed nearly $40,000 to remove a gallbladder using minimally invasive surgery, while one in Orange Park, Fla., charged $91,000. In one hospital in Dallas, the average bill for treating simple pneumonia was $14,610, while another there charged over $38,000. Data being released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, raising questions about how hospitals determine prices and why they differ so widely. The data for 3,300 hospitals, released by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, shows wide variations not only regionally but among hospitals in the same area or city.
Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier
The data explorer tool allows you to view different datasets and create visualizations such as charts and graphs to get an in-depth look at the data applicable manufacturers and GPOs have submitted about payments and transfers of value they’ve made to physicians and teaching hospitals.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors
Much Industry Money Goes to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals
HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites
Government health care website quietly sharing personal data
HIPPA VIOLATION: #ObamaCare website sends your age, income level, pregnancy status etc. to advertising companies
Has Your Health Professional Received Drug Company Money?
Vying for Market Share, Companies Heavily Promote ‘Me Too’ Drugs
Our comprehensive analysis of drug company spending on doctors in the last five months of 2013 shows the most-promoted products typically were not cures, breakthroughs or top sellers.
Hospital Billing – Doctor Billing Open Payments look up your doctor’s charges
Hospital billing varies wildly US data shows
A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945. In Saint Augustine, Fla., one hospital typically billed nearly $40,000 to remove a gallbladder using minimally invasive surgery, while one in Orange Park, Fla., charged $91,000. In one hospital in Dallas, the average bill for treating simple pneumonia was $14,610, while another there charged over $38,000. Data being released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, raising questions about how hospitals determine prices and why they differ so widely. The data for 3,300 hospitals, released by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, shows wide variations not only regionally but among hospitals in the same area or city. < – >
Why Pharma Payments to Doctors Were So Hard to Parse By ProPublica @ProPublica
Government Releases Massive Trove of Data on Doctors’ Prescribing Patterns
The move follows a ProPublica investigation showing that Medicare did little to find dangerous prescribing by doctors to seniors and the disabled. It is also part of the government’s new push to bring transparency to taxpayer-supported medical care.
Prescriptions by State
Owning a Cat Does Not Lead To Mental Illness, Study Finds
THE VERGE said it might.